An intoxicating twist on your average martini, the flavor of elderflower captivates the palate with its delicate perfume. Punctuated with subtle hints of pear, grapefruit and lemon, elderflower liqueur lends a sophisticated fragrance to a simple, vodka-based martini. The addition of pear nectar draws out the pear notes of the elderflower while complementing the other fruity notes. Finishing with a splash of champagne or prosecco adds a refreshing and bubbly touch, making the elderflower martini an ideal summer nightcap.
Start to Finish: 5 minutes
Difficulty Level: Beginner
1 1/2 ounces vodka
1 1/2 ounces elderflower liqueur
1 ounce pear nectar
Splash of champagne or prosecco
Combine the vodka, elderflower liqueur, and pear nectar in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice. Shake vigorously for 20 to 30 seconds, until well-chilled. Strain into a martini glass and top with a splash of champagne or prosecco.
Replace regular vodka with a flavored vodka to ramp up the flavor. Try using pear-, citrus- or a cranberry-flavored vodka.
If you can’t find pear nectar, try substituting it with white grape juice or white cranberry juice.
You can leave out the champagne or prosecco if you’re not a fan, or use a sparkling water to add effervescence instead.
Try replacing vodka with gin; the boldness of juniper berries pairs well with the delicate flavors of elderflower liqueur.